Windcrest Fire Department Celebrates New Ladder Truck


The Windcrest Fire Department will celebrate the arrival of its new ladder truck with the traditional “pushing ceremony” Saturday at the station on Midcrown Drive, next to Town Hall.

The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include food and drink, musical activities, games for the kids and the push-in, when Windcrest firefighters line the front of the vehicle and literally push the engine back into its bay.

Windcrest Fire Chief Daniel Kramer said members of the fire department, both paid and volunteer staff, will be on hand to participate in the tradition of fighting the fires.

The arrival ceremony dates back to the late 1800s, when fire departments used hand pumps and horse-drawn equipment. On their return to the station, the horses could not easily back the equipment into the station, so the firefighters themselves pushed the equipment back into the bay.

“We’re going to introduce the engine that arrived last year, as well as the scale truck, a 2021 Pierce Velocity Ascendant 100-foot mid-scale,” Kramer said.

The ladder truck has its history with the city and the department even before its arrival. The city spent months working with a supplier before pulling out that employment contract and going with a second supplier.

“We had to cancel the original order and then buy this one,” Kramer said.

Windcrest Mayor Dan Reese said the two fire units due to be dispatched on Saturday were part of the November 2018 $ 2 million bond that voters overwhelmingly approved, with 70% approval. The ladder truck was priced at an estimated $ 1.32 million, with the Pierce Pumper costing just under $ 560,000.

Built at Pierce’s facility in Appleton, Wisconsin, the Ladder Truck arrived in Houston in mid-July before heading to College Station for the 2021 Texas A&M Municipal Fire School and Vendor Show.

He then traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Fire Services Instructors Conference August 2-7, the world’s largest annual fire training conference and exhibition, before arriving at Windcrest. in mid-August.

Kramer said the truck was on display with its ladder extended over 100 feet at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the NFL Indianapolis Colts play their home games.

The long journey before the finish gave the department the opportunity to test its durability and handling.

“At Windcrest we have 20 mph speed limits and we don’t really take the trucks on long trips,” said the chef. “So this (trip) was a good break-in time for this engine. That way, they were able to identify any potential issues before it started. “

Reese said the Windcrest Ladder Truck was one of the FDIC’s flagship trucks.

“Our Windcrest truck was actually on their screens among other fire trucks,” Reese said. “It’s quite a feather in our cap (that we) actually got national recognition by showing our truck at this convention. “

The arrival of the ladder truck serves a dual purpose, Kramer said, for public safety and the recruitment and retention of firefighters.

“Two things that volunteers really look for are training and good equipment,” Kramer said. “We provide training cargo for our firefighters. Now we have some of the best and newest amenities in the area. This is a huge asset for us.

From a public safety standpoint, a ladder truck is not only useful for the business side of things, but also for helping with residential fires.

“Commercially, with Rackspace (technology) and the fact that we have about a million square feet of warehouse space off the coast of Eisenhauer, the ladder truck is a necessity,” he said. . “But a ladder truck can also help affect rescues and firefighting of two-story homes, able to get up on the roof and ventilate a roof to try and control the spread of fire.

“It just improves our capabilities on a fire scene, to be able to provide the relief needed to make sure the fire stops spreading,” he added.

Reaching heights of 100 feet vertically and 93 feet horizontally, the 100-foot Ascendant aerial tower comes with an 800-foot pipe bed capacity, storage area for five extension ladders, and a pump capable of delivering 1,500 to 2,000 gallons of water per minute.

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